This quarter our Social Studies curriculum is all about history and cultures. The main focus for second grade is Timelines, Family Trees and our Ancestry.  Every year we do a couple of timelines and I integrate this into our literature with sequencing.  I also integrate with math so that we have more time to work on these skills.  Every year we do a Birthday Timeline.

Last year I just had some cute Month headers that my colleague made and shared with me.  The students placed their name and birthday on a piece of paper and put them in order on the timeline.

This year I revamped it a bit.

I found some cute cupcake clipart and then created some month headers with the matching cupcake.
I printed enough cupcakes for each month and had the kids write their name and day of their birthday.

They had to work together to put them in the correct order.  I then had them do a graphing sheet to go along with how many birthdays were in each month.

This was lots of fun for them, especially when it's about their birthday.  I plan to keep it up on the board for awhile and then I will move it to a more permanent position in the classroom. I am also going to rearrange it starting with August since that's when school started.

Next week we will begin personal timelines.  We do them every year and they are just so cute.
I post mine on the first day of school and they love to see Ms. Gandara when she is a baby:)

I will share those later in the week.

If you are interested in the Birthday Timeline I tweaked it a bit after I did it with my class to make it more user friendly to everyone. You can pick it up in my TpT or TN store, but I will send it to the first three people to leave me a comment about it:) Don't forget your email address!

Even if you're not in the top three you can leave me a comment;) I love to hear what everyone has to say.


  1. Love this! I just added a monthly timeline to my class, where I will have students post things we have done each month. I love the idea of a birthday timeline as well! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great idea!! We introduce timelines in first too - this is an activity that they can take ownership of, love it.


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    2. My email address is christinaphyall@ gmail.com

    3. Thank you Christina:)) Just sent it to you:)

  4. What do you do for personal timelines? I'm teaching 2nd for the first time this year (from Kinder), and our social studies focuses on ancestry, etc. too. Thanks! Very cute birthday timelines!

    1. Stop by Monday Alia. I will be posting more info on our personal timelines:)

  5. Oh and my email is neely_barham@catawbaschools.net :)

  6. I have been seeing using a timeline for things popping up all over the place. I think it is wonderful way to teach various concepts :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

    1. Oops...seeing people using...not seeing using.

    2. There are so many ways to incorporate timelines Heidi. I am also using it for Science since we are doing Lifecycle which is essetially another timeline:)

  7. Love all the integration, I am so happy when I can make it overlap, fit together, crossover etc. :)
    Just thinking about getting my cupcakes ready for the birthday board, still in full summer lazy mode !!

  8. First of all, I love Hawaii. I live on the East Coast now so I havent' been back in years. My dream was to live and teach in Hawaii! I enjoy seeing all of your posts especially the ones that include pictures around the island! I enjoy the cute ideas you come up with. Thank you for sharing so many of your wonderful ideas!

  9. I used to do the birthday timeline all the time, then got out of the habit. Youve inspired me to do it again:)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  10. Your timelines are really cute! I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I am now following you! I would love for you to visit my blog when you get a chance!
    Patti :)
    A Series of 3rd Grade Events


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